At Fordingbridge Infant and Junior Schools Federation, History is taught through topics that ignite a pupils’ love of learning. Our curriculum will make links across subjects and give children the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to enquire, research and analyse history. Teachers make it explicit to the children that they are learning history skills and as a result they are being ‘Historians.’
History is important to our Federation as it provides children with the opportunity to develop their curiosity of the past and learn from past events and people.
Our Curriculum makes full use of resources in the local area, such as the Salisbury Museum and Stonehenge, enabling children to develop a rich understanding of the rich history of their locality.
History is taught in termly and half-termly blocks throughout the school year. Teachers have identified the key knowledge and skills of each topic ensuring progression throughout the federation. By the end of year 6, children will have a chronological understanding of British history from the Stone Age to the present day. They are able to draw comparisons and make connections between different time periods and their own lives. Interlinked with this are studies of world history, such as the ancient civilisations of Greece and Egypt.
In order to enrich both English and History, many history topics are supported by recommended high quality texts. This enables children to develop their History knowledge through English lessons. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. All children have the opportunity to attend visits to the local area; The Verderers Court in the New Forest and Stonehenge.
Planning is informed by and aligned with the national curriculum. In addition, staff have access to the Hampshire History plans and resources, however, teachers lesson design is not limited by this and is informed by national agencies, including the History Association.
Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. Staff continually review and adapt work and learning to meet our children’s needs.
At Fordingbridge Infant and Junior Schools Federation, evidence of the children’s learning can be found in their Learning Journey books. Learning Journey books enable the children to make cross-curricular links.
The curriculum will allow children to make progression as Historians;
* They will be curious to find out about the past.
* They will question sources of evidence and draw conclusions.
* They will make comparisons between and know about events and significant people.
* They will be able to place events in chronological order.
* They will learn from the past and the local area.